With more and more resorts and vacation packages considering eco-friendly options, it is easier than ever to plan environmentally friendly vacations. Many countries and travel agencies are prioritizing low-impact and environmentally responsible travel. It’s sometimes hard to care about the environment and endangered species without actually witnessing the beauty and magnificence of our planet, so it’s incredibly important to get out there and experience Mother Nature’s wonder. Here are some environmentally friendly vacation options that allow you to see the world without leaving a huge carbon footprint in it.
The Galapagos are one of the world’s more beautiful and popular vacation spots for nature-lovers. Known for the black-lava islands, giant tortoises, unique and diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes, the Galapagos are bound to inspire. Natural Habitat Adventures and World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) have teamed up to bring you the perfect environmentally friendly vacation. This intimate tour takes a small group of 16-20 people on a private yacht to explore the Galapagos. You can get up close and personal with the many gentle species who call the Galapagos home like turtles, tortoises, iguanas, and sea lions. In addition, whale watching, a stay at the tortoise camp, and snorkeling are all part of the experience. The Galapagos is a great place to see (and even contribute to) conservation efforts up close and personal!
Singapore (aka the Garden City) is one of the greenest metropolises in the world. Nature is woven throughout the entire city in the form of rooftop and vertical gardens, as well as verdant walls. Singapore uses rain sensors to regulate the usage (and waste) of water, offers effective public transportation, and works with architects to create “green” buildings and hotels. This all makes it an incredibly environmentally friendly vacation spot. Contributing to the green lifestyle in Singapore is the surface qualification for this vacation, but you’ll also be in awe at this truly unique city and take away inspiration for what green architecture could do for your hometown.
Safari in South Africa
Habitat destruction, poaching, and deforestation have made Africa a vulnerable place to travel. Picking the right agency and destination is incredibly important because tourists can inadvertently contribute to the environmental devastation that occurs in many places. Certain countries, like the Republic of the Congo, are known for being more exploitative of resources and lax on conservation and environmental laws. However, many other countries like South Africa and Botswana have much better reputations. Kensington Tours offers several different vacation packages in South Africa where you can see some of the world’s most magnificent (and endangered) animals like elephants, rhinos, and lions, not to mention beautiful waterfalls, landscapes, and the many diverse cultures of South Africa.
Sleep Under the Stars in Morocco
Morocco isn’t exactly known for being environmentally friendly, however, as it becomes a larger and larger tourist site, Morocco is making changes. So, if you go, make sure to ask environmental questions and praise all efforts to encourage further responsibility. Avoiding hotels and cars is a great way to stay environmentally friendly while travelling. That’s why camping in the Sahara Desert is the perfect vacation. There are several companies that do Sahara tours. Pick one that leads you into the desert by camel and hosts you overnight in a basic tent rather than camp. Authentic Sahara Tours is a reputable company that values being green. They offer a few different vacation packages.
Iceland is one of the greenest countries in the world since it is mostly powered by geothermal activity and a renewable energy program. The capital Reykjavik is one of the world’s cleanest cities. Throughout the stunning landscape, you can experience natural hot springs, northern lights, waterfalls, snow-covered hills, and more all year round! Since the entire country is very environmentally friendly, it’s less important which agency or tour you choose – just go, have fun, and be amazed by the natural beauty of Iceland.
Pick a vacation based on the resort! There are several resorts around the world that are incredibly green and environmentally friendly – many with zero-waste policies and renewable energy-run buildings. Don’t be fooled, these places are usually super luxurious – and really cool! For example, the Maldives resort in Soneva Fushi offers lavish overwater condos, an undersea restaurant, and a spa.
Be sure to consider environmentally friendly travel companies when booking your next vacation. Several agencies donate a portion of profits to conservation efforts, advocate and work to change laws, and ensure ethical experiences while travelling. It’s hard to know which tourist attraction is environmentally friendly and which one isn’t. If you don’t have time to research, let a travel agency do the work for you! Check out this list.
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